From now on every new football player under 21 will have their first card labeled as a rookie card in the fantasy football game Sorare. Collectors can easily spot whether they are dealing with a rookie card, because there’s an RC symbol in the bottom left corner. According to Sorare this was a much requested feature from users.
The first card series to introduce these RC labels, is the 2021 season for the South Korean K-League, which launched this Wednesday. For future card releases in the 2021 season, a player from the J-League, K-League of Major League Soccer will get a Rookie Card when he’s 18 years or younger as of July 1st 2020. However, for leagues in Europe and other locations the date has been set at July 1st 2021.
In addition it’s important that it’s the first season of a player in the Sorare ecosystem. That means that existing 18- and 19-year-olds playing for clubs in the Dutch Eredivisie, Belgian Jupiler League, or at major clubs like Juventus or Bayern Munich, won’t get a Rookie Card. As a result Orkun Kökçü from Feyenoord, Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, Rayan Cherki from Olympique Lyon, Xavi Simons from Paris Saint Germain and Alphonso Davies from Bayern won’t get a Rookie Card. Yet, these players are among the hottest talents in the game.
On a side note, the 2021 season cards have also had a redesign. These cards now look more colorful, and have more shape to them.
Coming to mobile devices
Last month Sorare received $50 million in funding. This should enable to team to partner with more clubs, more leagues and bring their fantasy football game to mobile devices. Sorare has seen a strong influx of players in recent months, accelerated by the interest of famous investors like Gary Vaynerchuck.
The interest in Sorare isn’t only peaking because of the investment. Sports collectibles have been hot commodities on the blockchain since NBA Top Shot has taken the world by storm. Yesterday Dapper Labs couldn’t battle the bots, and decided to postpone their new drop of basketball moments.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a fantasy football game powered by blockchain technology. The project also has support from game publisher Ubisoft through the company’s entrepreneurs lab. The fantasy football game is enjoying lots of hype in recent months. Consistently the game is among the most popular applications on the Ethereum blockchain. In addition the company received a four million dollar investment to push the game forward, while signing FC Barcelona star Pique as a spokesperson and adding Real Madrid to the game.
Blockchain technology introduces actual scarcity to digital cards, so these cards have a limited supply. Players can use the cards they’ve bought to create a fantasy team. Each card represents a real player. Based on the performance of that player on the actual pitch, the card holders will earn points. Every week the teams with the most points will earn new cards as a reward. The cheapest cards generally sell for a couple of dollars, while the most wanted ones go for well over a thousand dollars a piece. Join the game!
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